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Bill Mitchell blog: The Italian left should hang their heads in shame (November 26, 2014)
The Lega Nord leader claimed that the result was an indication that they can "break out of their northern base" and "allows me to go across Italy, from north to south because I want to get to 51 percent of the electorate".

They are also strongly committed to environmental policies such as public green areas, national parks, recycling and opposes the big corporate food industry in favour of healthy alternatives.

But the League is also a nasty neo-fascist group fostering extremely conservative social policy stances - anti abortion, anti stem cell research, anti gay and same sex marriage, anti-immigration, and authoritarian rule of law positions. Their far right xenophobia amounts to racism.

They are also relative factionalised and there have been notable leadership spills and internal revolts.

Overall, not an attractive lot and one that the left should easily be able to pick off with some slick marketing and some strong framing of the alternative, with appealing language to support the frame.

But the left are pro-euro because the Lega Nord is anti-euro. Go figure. The left is scared of being confused with the Lega Nord in the electoral process. Go figure!

The left are so lacking in leadership and self-confidence that they do not think a fully articulated progressive social policy with an anti-euro stance could be differentiated from the filth that the Lega Nord push out.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 06:00:17 AM EST
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